Getting Rid of Thumbs.db in Windows

If you use SVN client on Windows machine, you will experience (or have experienced already) an annoying problem in media folders (especially image) if you have set the “Show hidden files and folders” option in the “Folder Options” window ON. A file named “Thumbs.db” is automatically created in media folders that cause problems during SVN commit – it might be submitted to your SVN server if you don’t notice it.

Thumbs.db is used by Windows to create cache in media folders. If you delete this file from a folder, it wont go away forever…you will see it again in your next visit to this folder. Because Windows regenerates it the next time you view the folder contents.

One of the biggest annoyances to the Thumbs.db file is the way it changes folder settings. You can specifically set all folders in Windows to open in Detail view, for instance. If any folder contains a Thumbs.db file, that folder reverts to the thumbnail view, ignoring your preferences.

To turn off this thumbnail caching, open Tools > Options in Windows Explorer and click on the View tab. Check the box next to Do not cache thumbnails and click OK.

1. Open any folder and click Tools > Folder Options.
2. Click the View tab from the Folder Options window.
3. In the Advanced Settings check “Do not cache thumbnails”.

Getting rid of Thumbs.db
Getting rid of Thumbs.db




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